12/12/2001

Christmas costs UK business an estimated £6.6bn

Staff are forced to take up to an hour a day away from work to take care of seasonal arrangements.

According to the arena21 Work/Life Survey British business will lose £6.6 billion this Christmas as a result of increased employee freedom in the work place.

The survey quantified the real cost of Christmas for businesses as a massive dip in productivity. Proving that more relaxed attitudes at work allow many people to use company time to take up the slack.

The survey also estimates that the average British employee will work about one hour a day less in December as a result of social and personal pressures relating to Christmas.

The Work/Life Survey shows that people don’t have time to do everything on their own time, and so were forced to do seasonal chores on company time instead. The result is that the December run-up to Christmas costs employers, on average, £250 per person.

Oliver Quambush of arena21, the UK’s leading provider of corporate concierge services, said: “Christmas completely destroys the delicate balance between work and life. People just do not have time to get everything done and for many the pressure is very unpleasant. Enlightened employers are realising this. They know that people have to get their seasonal activities such as shopping, party planning, Christmas card writing done somehow.”

Providing concierge services that aim to allow employers get more time out of their employees arena21 help staff to cope with this most hectic of times, added Quambush. (MB)

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